#TBT: Hardwood Floors, January 2012

hardwood floors in upstairs hall

This is not a DIY project, but it IS a Home Improvement project.

Happy Halloween!!! This is my 1st installment of #TBT [Throw Back Thursday]. Long before I knew my DIY capabilities, my husband and I paid a contractor to install hardwood floors in our upstairs hall and bedrooms, as well as the staircase. Everything had been buried under ugly wall-to-wall beige carpeting.

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Regrouting Bathroom Tile

repairing the grout in the master bath

Last year, before I knew much about DIY stuff, I decided to regrout a small portion of the master bathroom tile with… *gasp*… Spackle. I realized my mistake right after doing it… it looked horrible and I could tell it wasn’t going to last. Last week I went to Home Depot and bought some sanded grout in “Natural Grey”. I was hoping it would be a close match to the current grout, but it’s a lot darker. It still looks better than Spackle!

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Girl Cave Drywall Crack – Part 3: Completed!

mudding the crack in the girl cave ceiling drywall

After 2 applications of joint tape, 3 coats of joint compound, and a whole lot of sanding, the repair to the drywall tape crack is finally done! I touched up the wall paint around the repair site and it’s looking amazing! Next up will be painting the ceiling and hanging tiny LED star lights to look like the night sky. The project cost about $20 and took about 3 weeks to complete.

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Girl Cave Drywall Crack – Part 2: Fibatape!

fixing the crack in the girl cave ceiling drywall with fibatape

Last week I was in need of drywall tape. I never made it to Home Depot myself, so hubby got me some last week! I applied it along the edge of the ceiling, along the crack, then spread joint compound over it. After letting the compound dry for a few days, I sanded it down smooth. Then I applied another layer of joint compound. Once that’s dry, I’ll sand it down and will probably have to apply a 3rd touch-up coat since I can still see a bit of the tape.

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